Black beau­ties

Porsche gets a mean new look, writes Bruce McMahon

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport -

THEY’RE all-black, mean­look­ing moth­ers — a limited run of Porsche 911 Black Edi­tion mod­els is headed this way.

The Black Edi­tion Car­rera coupes and cabri­o­lets will ar­rive in April with the same price tags and per­for­mance fig­ures as the en­try-level 911s.

But the all-black treat­ment, and a pro­duc­tion run of only 1911 for the world, will make these that lit­tle bit spe­cial.

Both coupe and cabri­o­let will have the 254kW, 3.6 litre en­gine.

The coupe still jumps from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 sec­onds, the cabri­o­let in 5.1 sec­onds.

Adding the op­tional seven-speed PDK gear­box shaves an ex­tra twotenths of a sec­ond off those times.

Both are black from body to black sports steer­ing wheel, cen­tre con­sole and hand­some 19-inch Turbo II al­loy wheels with black con­trast­ing high­lights.

In­side the wheels are a set of brakes run­ning black, four-pis­ton alu­minium monobloc fixed cal­lipers.

There’s a unique 911 badge on the rear en­gine cover, Black Edi­tion door sills and a limited edi­tion num­ber plaque for the glove box.

In­side is a Bose sur­round sound sys­tem, fit­ted as stan­dard.

It was spe­cially co-or­di­nated with the in­te­rior of the 911 Car­rera mod­els and has 13 speak­ers (12 in the cabri­o­let) in­clud­ing ac­tive sub­woofer and cen­tre speaker as well as a seven chan­nel dig­i­tal am­pli­fier.

Like the rest of the 911 range, the 911 Black Edi­tion’s equip­ment pack­age also in­cludes park­ing as­sis­tant, cruise con­trol, uni­ver­sal au­dio in­ter­face, au­to­matic anti-daz­zle in­te­rior and ex­te­rior mir­rors and a rain sen­sor.

The Black Edi­tion Porsches are priced at $223,000 for the coupe and $245,300 for the cabri­o­let. They are on sale now and lo­cal de­liv­er­ies are ex­pected from late April.

THE out­ra­geous Pa­gani Zonda never made it to Aus­tralia, but that didn’t stop peo­ple dream­ing. Now the dream is new and even brighter with the ar­rival of the Huayra — say it WHY-ra — to lead the Benz-bel­ter su­per­car com­pany.

The Huayra has taken seven years to de­velop and goes pub­lic at the Geneva mo­tor show next month — with a likely price tag in the $1.3 mil­lion range, be­fore Aus­tralian taxes.

The car is a fa­mil­iar recipe for Ho­ra­tio Pa­gani, com­plete with a tweaked ver­sion of the twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 en­gine de­vel­oped for the Black Se­ries ver­sion of the Mercedes SL65 AMG.

The per­for­mance prom­ises run from a 3.3-sec­ond sprint to 100km/h to a 340km/h top speed thanks to 520kW in the tail, or 545 and a shock­ing 1000Nw of torque with ‘‘sport tun­ing’’.

It’s an all car­bon-fi­bre car with a mid­mounted en­gine and gull-wing doors, but with much smoother body­work than the Zonda and the prom­ise of more lux­ury and re­fine­ment.

The car has ac­tive aero­dy­nam­ics with mo­torised flaps at each corner of body to boost grip for ac­cel­er­a­tion, brak­ing and corner­ing.

The Huayra weighs just over 1000kg and its name, like the Zonda, is wind­driven. This time it is named af­ter a god of wind, as the Zonda was called af­ter a hot wind that blows in Ar­gentina.

PAUL GOVER in Ger­many T HE Pa­gani Zonda (above) could have con­quered Aus­tralia in 2007.

Ho­ra­tio Pa­gani came to Aus­tralia with a Zonda road­ster for the Mel­bourne Mo­tor Show in 2006 as a teaser for a planned sales cam­paign.

The idea was de­vel­oped by Ross Meyer, who was the head of MG-Rover Aus­tralia at the time.

Meyer and Pa­gani be­lieved there was a chance to sell a hand­ful of cars to peo­ple who were in the mood for a su­per­car with some­thing spe­cial, and there was a solid re­sponse to the Mel­bourne teaser cam­paign and a round of in­ter­views by Zonda.

But the plan crashed with the col­lapse of MG-Rover and, of­fi­cially, there are zero Zon­das in Aus­tralia.

Dou­ble ac­tion: The Black Edi­tion Porsche 911 costs $223,000 for the coupe and $245,300 for the cabri­o­let.

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